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Opera Founder Tetzchner Quits Following Differences With Board

Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera, has decided to leave the company he led from front for fifteen years as the chief executive officer.

According to technology website Tech Crunch (opens in new tab) Tetzchner, who was assisting the company as an advisor for last six years has announced his decision to leave Opera Software due to serious disagreement with board of directors over the course the company is adopting.

“It has become clear that The Board, Management and I do not share the same values and we do not have the same opinions on how to keep evolving Opera”, stated the leaving co-founder of Opera in an email to the staff of the company.

Tetzchner also added he believes that the board and management of Opera is more focused on quarterly profits, while he himself is dedicated to make Opera a future organisation.

In a farewell note to Tetzchner, the current chief executive of Opera mentioned Jon as a leading innovator of the time. He praised him for being guidance to fellow colleagues and staff and leading the company from a small unit to 200 million users worldwide.

He also informed that the company aims to grow its user base to 500 million in another two years time.

Sources at Opera have informed that the leaving co-founder has lot of new idea in his mind as he leaves, but is not ready to reveal any of them currently.

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